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National Family Day

National Family Day Focused on Huntington Disease Simultaneously in 5 Canadian Cities

(TORONTO) June 4, 2008….Beaming expert knowledge to the hearts of local communities will be the goal as the Huntington Society of Canada (HSC) host their first National KPMG Huntington Disease Conference and Family Day 2008 on Saturday, June 7th. “Reach for the Summit – Achieving a World Free of Huntington’s Disease” is the theme of the HSC Family Day which will be hosted simultaneously in 5 communities (Ottawa, Toronto, Sudbury, Winnipeg, Saskatoon) across Canada.

“Families, healthcare professionals, researchers and students will be informed and inspired as we beam presentations from some of the best Huntington Disease researchers in the world to a community near you,” said Don Lamont, CEO & Executive Director of the Huntington Society of Canada. “The Huntington Society of Canada working in conjunction with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa with the collaboration of the Center for Mediated Teaching and Learning, part of the Teaching Support Service of the University of Ottawa, is taking a bold new approach to reaching families and professionals in their own communities. We’re combining local programming with interactive videoconferencing that lets you ask questions and hear other audience members across Canada while you stay close to home.”

The Toronto session runs on Saturday, June 7th from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Bahen Centre for Information Technology, Room 1170, 40 St. George Street, Toronto, ON. To attend this free conference RSVP by June 6, 2008 to Liz Manique, HSC Toronto Chapter, 647-343-5473 - Email: lizmanique@hotmail.com.

Keynote speakers include:

Alex D. Goumeniouk, MD, FRCP, FAPA – Sustaining quality of life in Huntington disease: Neuropsychopharmacogenetic resilience
Ray Truant, Ph.D. - Promising HD research: Now and in the future

This event is brought to you free of charge thanks to the event sponsor KPMG and with help from the Devlin Fund for Families. Special thanks also goes to: the Faculty of Medicine and Centre for Mediated Teaching and Learning, University of Ottawa; Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto; Northern Ontario School of Medicine; University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB; University of Saskatchewan and the University of Melborne, Australia.

“Over the course of the day, you will have a chance to interact with representatives of the HSC Toronto Chapter as they present some of the most innovative public awareness, marketing and fund raising strategies carried out by the Huntington Society in Canada,” said Tracey Plourde, HSC Toronto Chapter. “Learn how you can be part of this chapter’s success by volunteering in easy, enjoyable, time-limited, event-focused ways that will capitalize on your strengths, making efficient use of your valuable time and energy.”

The Huntington Society of Canada (www.huntingtonsociety.ca) is a national network of volunteers and professionals, united in the fight against HD since 1973, who aspire to a world free from Huntington disease. The Society maximizes the quality of life of people living with HD by: delivering services; enabling others to understand the disease and furthering research to slow and to prevent Huntington disease.









Katie Reid     6/4/2008


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